303, 2009

Your Baby

By |March 3rd, 2009|media, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your Baby

When Gabriel was 3 weeks old, Kerry was at her wits’ end. He had begun crying uncontrollably: before, after and between feeds. Nothing she could do would calm him. She consulted a paediatrician, who diagnosed colic and prescribed Donnatal and Panado. Neither of these had any noticeable effect. Kerry tried changing Gabriel’s formula, which made a small difference, but, she says, “The really big change came the morning after his first osteopathy treatment.” It was on the advice of her mother in-law that Kerry contacted Dr Guy Ashburner when Gabriel was almost 5 weeks old. Her mother-in-law had been treated by him after breaking her ankle. […]

112, 2008

I Suffer From Tension Headaches

By |December 1st, 2008|common complaints, Uncategorized|Comments Off on I Suffer From Tension Headaches


Q: I suffer from tension headaches, but nothing seems to help or last. What is the best natural solution to my daily headaches and why have medication and therapies such as homeopathy not worked?

Tension headaches are caused by tension within the body, so tablet-taking and treatment from therapies which are not able to diagnose, will have limited results. As a preventative measure, bear in mind that normal posture is essential for normal function of the human body. When sitting, bend forward, then wiggle back as far as possible in your seat before sitting up. Your spine is now supported and your back muscles can relax. Ensure when facing your computer and keypad it is directly in front of you and not even slightly to the side, as this will create an imbalance and rotation in your musculoskeletal system. When standing, grab hold of your hair on top of your head and pull it until it hurts. This will bring you into a normal posture. Normal posture is fundamental for normal tensions within the body. Lastly, dehydration will increase muscular tension, so drink at least eight glasses of water a day and avoid diuretics and stimulants such as caffeine.

By: Dr Guy Ashburner
Source: Longevity

111, 2008

I Suffer From Severe Menstrual Cramps

By |November 1st, 2008|common complaints, Uncategorized|Comments Off on I Suffer From Severe Menstrual Cramps

By: Dr Guy Ashburner
Source: Longevity

Q: I suffer from severe menstrual cramps – are there any practical and natural ways of reducing these? I hate having to take painkillers every month? A simple yet helpful osteopathic exercise to reduce cramps is to lie flat on your back with a large book under your sacrum. To increase the pressure on your sacrum, bring your knees up to your chest, hugging them tightly. Another exercise to try: While kneeling, rest your chest and head down on the floor with your forehead resting on the back of your hands, and your arms crossed. This, along with the pull of gravity, will help the abdominal contents to move out of the pelvis, thus helping the decongestion of the uterus. You should do this exercise for 5 to 10 minutes before retiring at night to obtain a maximal decongestive effect.

Thirdly, you could try placing a bag of frozen peas in a tea towel over the front of your pelvis and simultaneously placing a hot water bottle on your lower back. This classical osteopathic exercise is an effective natural remedy.

If your menstrual cramps persist, consult your nearest osteopath to correct any pelvic imbalance which may be inhibiting normal menstrual function.

110, 2008

Put The Fizz Back

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By: Kim Bell
Source: Longevity

Put The Fizz Back. Surprising ways to boost your energy as you power through the end of the year. It’s 6am, your alarm is bleeping, and you can barely muster up the energy to hit the snooze button. All you want to do is curl over and go back to sleep, but you have to get the kids’ lunches ready and be time for that 8.30 meeting. You can’t understand why you’re so lethargic, but it seems as if the oomph has simply fizzled from your body.

If this scenario sounds familiar, you are not alone. As spring leads into summer and the end of the year rushes up, so everyone’s energy levels tend to flag. Dr Ela Manga, Medical Director of the Wooldlands Wellness Centre and Spa, explains that of all the symptoms patients come to the doctor with, fatigue is probably the most common. “Every person has at some time in their life experienced fatigue, which can only be described as a feeling of low energy, lethargy and listlessness.”

Manga adds that, “The rythm of life should be a balance between rest and activity, but our way of life seldom allows for this.” She explains that if you think you are fatigued, it is vital to see if this is related to your lifestyle, or if it is a symptom of something more serious. Often your feelings of lethargy are caused by stress and lifestyle. “Many people experience symptoms of adrenal burnout without even realising it,” Manga says. “We push our bodies and minds beyond what we are physiologically designed for, and work against the natural rythms of our body and of nature, completely ignoring the need to take a break,” she […]

109, 2008

What Is The Difference Between Cranial Osteopathy And Craniosacral Therapy?

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By: Natural Medicine Magazine
Source: Natural Medicine Magazine

What is the difference between cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy?

Please can you clarify the difference between these modalities?

Dr Guy Ashburner replies: In the 1970s craniosacral therapy embraced cranial osteopathic techniques. Originally kept in the domain of osteopaths and chiropractors, craniosacral therapy has been opened up to those with no medical training, in that its gentle manipulations do not pose a threat to the body.

All osteopaths complete 4 years of medical degree training, and in South Africa are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. This qualifies them to practise osteopathy in South Africa under the title of Doctor. Osteopaths have a sound background in anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, biomechanics and paediatrics which enables them to offer patients a valid working diagnosis which is essential prior to application of treatment. Cranial osteopathic treatment, which is similar to craniosacral therapy, can then be directed with medical rationale.

A craniosacral therapist is not qualified to make a medical diagnosis, but you may leave a session feeling deeply relaxed.

A typical craniosacral therapy session is performed with the client fully clothed, on his or her back, and lasts about one hour. In the Upledger method of craniosacral therapy, a 10-step protocol serves as a general guideline, which includes (1) analysing the base (existing) cranial rhythm, (2) creating a still point in that rhythm at the base of the skull, (3) rocking the sacrum, (4) lengthening the spine in the lumbar-sacral region, (5) addressing the pelvic, respiratory and thoracic diaphragms, (6) releasing the hyoid bone in the throat, and (7-10) addressing each one of the cranial bones. The practitioner may use discretion regarding which steps are suitable for each client, and may or […]